Chelsea Physic Garden, London
Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Situated in the heart of London, this 'Secret Garden' is a centre of education, beauty and relaxation. Chelsea Physic Garden was founded by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London in 1673 for its apprentices to study the medicinal qualities of plants. Throughout the 1700s it was one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange in the world. It is London’s oldest botanic garden and a unique living museum.Use our London vacation planner to arrange your visit to Chelsea Physic Garden and other attractions in London.
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I came here with my family and we spent a good few hours few just walking and getting lost in all of the scenery. I found the place very calming. We came by car and im not sure how easy it is to get t... read more »
The Chelsea Physic Garden is located adjacent to the Royal Hospital in Chelsea and offers a scenic place to spend some outdoor time in the west end. Worth the time.
Visited the Chelsea Physic Garden, following a recommendation from a friend. September is perhaps not the best time to visit, but the guide, Joanna, is both knowledgeable and personable. There is a ca... read more »
A lovely walled garden in Chelsea that has over 5,000 species of plants that are useful in medicine, health and beauty. Be sure to visit the fern house, a climate controlled area - so lush! Loved the free tour provided by a dedicated volunteer. Tip: If you liked THIS garden, then visit the Royal College of Physicians Garden which is similar but much smaller, and is right beside Regents Park.
A wonderful oasis of calm. Great to walk around and discover plants from many different parts of the world. Plentiful information given to make your visit even more rewarding. The on site cafe serves good, tasty food as well.
Evening event - Listened to Head Gardener Nick Bailey's marvellous and energising tale of Aloes, Algorithms and Adjectives at this year's Chelsea flower show.
Pleasant place to escape the hustle and bustle. Interesting selection of botany considering the size of the place. The cafe had nice food but having all the service behind a table in the same room meant it sounded like you were eating in a busy restaurant kitchen. This severely detracted from any ambiance the place could potentially achieve.
If you didn't reserve a table at the restaurant, then don't bother going. Pretty much all tables were reserved. We paid to get in, couldn't find anywhere to sit so waited for a while and then decided to leave. Also, I guess because of the season of the year we went, most of the garden was still budding, so hardly anything to see. Not too upset about the entry fee though, it's for a good cause I suppose.
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